PopeWatch: Fatima


The Pope is going to Fatima:


Pope Francis heads to Fatima on Friday, May 12, on a pilgrimage that will see him canonize two child shepherds who reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago.

Some 400,000 pilgrims from around the world will welcome the Argentine pontiff on the giant esplanade that faces the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima as he arrives in his “Popemobile”, while countless others will follow proceedings on television.

The Virgin is said to have appeared 6 times in Fatima, north of Lisbon, between May and October 1917 to 3 impoverished, barely-literate children – Jacinta, 7, Francisco, 9, and their cousin Lucia, 10.

She apparently shared 3 major prophesies with the trio at a time marked by the ravages of the First World War and Church persecution in a relatively new Portuguese republic.

According to interpretations of what Lucia revealed much later on, the first secret gave a vision of hell, while the second warned of a second devastating war and the rise of communist Russia.

The third secret, which Lucia kept to herself for years, is believed to have been a prediction of the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II.

His successor Benedict XVI, however, later said she had foreseen the “suffering” of the Church, which at the time was racked by pedophilia scandals.


Time for the Vatican to release all documents in regard to the Third Prophesy.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. PSA…. please.

    We are at the public square again.

    Thus far we have over 4200 cities praying the Rosary in public for our nation. The Senate will be deciding the fate of the latest version of the health care proposal. Within it contains the measure to redirect funds away from Planned Parenthood for a year. After that first year it’s possible that it could become permanent…..as far as permanent goes in DC.

    On Saturday you might see a group gathered together praying the rosary. It would be from noon to one pm.

    Please consider stopping by and joining us.

    In October of this year we have plans to exceed 20,000 cities. Our Lady our Queen of the Holy Rosary, Pray for us.

  2. My wife’s father was 13 and living on Madeira Island in October 1917. He saw the Miracle of the Sun.

  3. My Rosary booklet is related to Our Lady of Fatima.

    The intro prayer states that our Lady “deigned” to come to Fatima to reveal to the three shepherd children the treasures of grace contained/hidden in the Rosary.”

    Also, between the decades, in addition to the “Glory Be” is the prayer, “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins; save us from the fire of Hell; take all souls to Heaven; and especially help those most in need of Thy Mercy.”

    “Therefore, I fly to You O virgin of virgins, my Mother.”

    Daily, pray the Rosary.

  4. “His successor Benedict XVI, however, later said she had foreseen the “suffering” of the Church, which at the time was racked by pedophilia scandals.”

    The Fatima secrets specifically refer to, among other “sufferings”, the Holy Father praying in a room while angry demonstrators vented their fury in the street outside. This actually happened twice during St John Paul II’s travels, once in the Netherlands and once in San Francisco, both times due to homosexual protesters.

    And now we officially will have another San Francisco! Pray for us, San Francisco Marto!

  5. Interesting, PF! Did he say anyone else saw it? Up to now I’ve only hear about reports of the Miracle sightings from about 40 kilometers away. If confirmed this would push the sighting out to 1,065 kilometers.

  6. Assuming the Miracle was not something directly impressed upon the mind, but rather something with a physical nature, then a sighting at Madeira would force us to consider that it was not solely an atmospheric phenomenon. The curvature of the earth would require that part of the physical manifestation occurred above the atmosphere, in fact several hundred kilometers up.

  7. LOL! Yeah right! Like the vipers in the Vatican are going to release the REAL third secret. The real third secret is too incriminating for the hierarchy in Rome. It’ll NEVER happen

  8. I’ve already known the Third Secret for years: “It’s in the Gospels and the Apocalypse! Read them!” – Sr. Lucia

  9. Let us hope Our Lady appears in person to Pope Francis and straightens him out before he undoes everything the Church represents.

  10. TomD, in reference to your post of 5/12/17 at 10:39am, regarding a possible distance of sighting of the Miracle of the Sun out to 1,065 km – my family knew an elderly Portuguese priest in the 1970’s, who lived in the Azores as a child, saw the phenomenon in the sky, and discovered what it was after he entered the seminary — this would push the sighting out to 1,490 km, per this website: http://distancecalculator.globefeed.com/Portugal_Distance_Result.asp?fromplace=Fatima&toplace=Azores&dt1=ChIJHXGxfEaDGA0R8AWR5L3rAAU&dt2=ChIJBTvkER5_RgsRHQzOS2cbkeI

  11. Hi, Tom. I asked the missus. Her father never said if he was the only one who saw the Miracle or where he saw it.

  12. Thanks KayS
    This is all fairly interesting. A priest with a scientific background once stated that the Miracle was not supernatural, that is was a natural phenomenon, and that only the revealed foreknowledge was supernatural. I understand the motive behind this stance, but it seems so limited. Already we knew of the perceived dance of the sun in a suddenly cleared sky and the drying of the wet clothes. Even if natural they must have two separate causes. Now we have possible sightings on distant islands where the only possible naturalistic answer is something outside the atmosphere. We are now up to three naturalistic miracles which all had to line up just right.
    The odds of ‘naturalistic’ miracles is just getting longer and longer. Simple divine intervention would seems much simpler.

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